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A Few Tools from NACCHO’s Toolbox in Vector Control and Surveillance

Sep 12, 2023 | Shermeen Rais

According to the World Health Organization, vector borne diseases contribute to 17 percent of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases.

Vector borne diseases contribute to 17 percent of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases.

Control and surveillance at the local level plays an important part in reducing mosquito- and tick-borne diseases from spreading. NACCHO closely follows different outbreaks and disease trends in this area so that local health departments are kept aware and can be supported with the necessary tools and resources to contain the spread of disease ahead of, and during, an outbreak.

Some tools from NACCHO’s Toolbox listed below provide useful information to help local health departments monitor outbreaks and provide effective vector control practices in their region. You will need to create a free account on MyNACCHO to access the Toolbox.

Lyme Disease Toolkit

The Lyme Disease toolkit is a great way to help local communities and clinicians learn about the dangers of Lyme disease and the importance of vector control in general. It has four PDF links targeted at local health departments, clinicians, and the general public about tick bites and what to do about them, and next steps for doctors. Malaria, Dengue fever, River blindness, Chagas, and sleeping sickness are other vector borne diseases also covered under this tool.

https://toolbox.naccho.org/pages/tool-view.html?id=3000

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Vector Borne Disease Tabletop Exercise

This is our second-most downloaded tool on NACCHO’s Toolbox in vector control. This exercise was designed to provide an opportunity to communicate and evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities for a vector-borne disease outbreak at the local level.

https://toolbox.naccho.org/pages/tool-view.html?id=5757

Case Example: Summit County Public Health Vector Control Program

This webpage was featured on our NACCHO Toolbox to inform readers about Summit County Public Health, which has been providing mosquito control services to the residents of Summit County for 45+ years. The program, which began in 1976, is a response to La Crosse encephalitis outbreaks within the county.

https://www.scph.org/pest-control/mosquito-control

To learn more about the vector control program, go to naccho.org/vector-control.

Have questions about the Toolbox? Email [email protected].


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